The Tarzan effect


I was listening to an interview with Will Page, author of "Tarzan Economics: eight principles for Pivoting through Disruption" and got me thinking of the all the times that we go through that "Tarzan" moment in our lives.


That fear of letting go of the vine in that moment just before getting hold of the next one, afraid of the consequences, afraid of the unknown.


And so sometimes we swing on the same vine for a long time, starting to tire, the landscape unchanged, the thoughts of moving on clouded, the fear ... the fear.

And what is the unknown?

How can we fear something that we don't know ...


And what is fear?


The psychology of fear is fascinating and there is plenty of interesting literature on it, including one from Scientific American, where a number of experts in the field of human affective neuroscience discuss their own definition of fear.


Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with a number of clients and students and the "unknown" - whether moving jobs or facing an exams - is always there, lurking in the darkness, in the thick jungle created by our own emotions, our own beliefs.

Tarzan knew where he was going.

Every time he heard the distress call he would swing from one vine to another seamlessly, not fear of letting go, his destination clear.


Know your destination. Focus on the end line.

Let got of the past and focus on the future.

Sure, if I remember correctly even Tarzan fell from grace a couple of times.

He dusted himself off and got back to save the jungle.


"Never known what happiness is Never known what sweet caress is

I'm always laughing like a clown Won't someone help me? 'Cause I (Sweet life) I've got to pick myself from off the ground (Must be somewhere for me) Instead, concrete jungle (Jungle, jungle) I said, proof, do not proove my innocence"

Bob Marley/The Wailers

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